Baptism is a beautiful thing. It is an ancient tradition practiced by the apostles and the first church as instructed by Jesus. Jesus was baptized as an example for us, and we at Community Christian take these instructions very seriously.
At CCC we don’t have an “official” baptistery. Then "where" doesn't matter but then "why" and "when" certainly do. There are a lot of material “things” we don’t have at CCC but we have all that matters and more in Christ! Obedience is what matters. To that end we have made use of our “trough” in services as well as swimming pools, hot tubs, rivers, lakes and even bath tubs!
The study that follows will walk you through the primary Biblical texts relating to baptism. Grab a Bible and let's get started!
Biblical Study on Baptism
Put into your own words the message of the following passages: Romans 3:10-12, 23, Galatians 3:22-24.According to the following passages, why are we able to admit our sinful condition without fear? Matthew 11:28-30,I John 1:8-9, Romans 8:1Read Ephesians 2:8-9 and Titus 3:4-7. Explain to yourself why you can’t and don’t have to earn God’s acceptance.Forgiveness is costly and the price for our forgiveness was paid by Christ on the cross.What does the Bible say about the penalty for our sins and the forgiveness that comes from above? See I John 1:8-9, Romans 8:1What does the Bible indicate as the next step? See John 1:11-12, Acts 16:30-31, Romans 10:9-10, Gal. 2:16What was the response of new believers? See Acts 2:37-38, 41 Acts 8:12, 36-38 Acts 16:14-15Why do you think it is appropriate for a person to be baptized after his or her decision to follow Christ?What is Baptism? Romans 6:4-5, Col. 2:12, I Cor. 15:3-4The word baptism comes from the Greek word “baptizo” which means “to make fully wet, to dip, to immerse.” This literal meaning of the word is a beautiful picture of what baptism accomplishes spiritually.Immersion best fits the reality of what baptism is. It was the mode of baptism practiced in the NT and was also representative of the baptism of Jesus.Read Romans 6:3-11 and fill in the three blanks below. Baptism is a declaration of the believer’s identification with Christ in His:D ___________________ (vs. 4)B ___________________ (vs. 4)R ___________________ (vs. 5)